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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Wood Bead Necklace for Girls:.

Yep, it's another necklace tutorial! Being a house full of girls, accessories are the frosting on our outfits. I love to sew up fun, girly things for my gals to wear, but no outfits is complete without the accessories.

It’s super easy to create your own accessories to go with outfits! Especially if you get wood beads involved. Grab some paint, and you can tailor a necklace to any outfit! Or you can just make lots of necklaces in lots of colors so that you are always safe. I maybe do a bit of both.

Today I’m going to show you have to make this beauty.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace - Customize this necklace to match any outfit! #accessories #necklace




Here’s what you need to get started:
- wood beads
- paint
- paint brushes
- mod podge
- wire
- scissors
- crimp beads
- clasps
- pliers
- chain
- paper bowls (optional)
- skewers (optional)

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Start off by figuring out the pattern of your necklace. This will determine how many beads you need, as well as what paint you need. I decided to do a cream necklace, with three gold beads in the middle.
Put the wood beads on a skewer.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Get painting those beads, being sure to cover them fully. You’ll likely need a few coats. Use the paper bowl to set your skewers while paint dries.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

For the gold beads, I started with a metallic paint for the base.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Then I gave the beads a few coats of a glitter top coat.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

I had a couple different sizes of glitter top coats, so I used both for fun!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Once the beads are painted and dried, remove them from the skewers.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Cut a piece of wire 3-5 inches longer than the necklace will be. Put a crimp bead on one end.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

String on a clasp.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Wrap the end of the wire around through the clasp, and back through the crimp bead.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Use the pliers to press down on the crimp bead, securing the clasp on the wire.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

String the beads on in your chosen pattern.

** Note: My beads aren’t the full length of a necklace that will go all the way around the neck. I’ll explain why in a minute.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Secure the clasp at the other end using the same method described above.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Make a piece of chain for this new necklace piece to attach to, using the clasps.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Wood Bead Necklace

Now you can make lots of different necklace pieces, and re-use the same chain piece over and over! We like this method a lot because then it’s not quite so bulky on little girls’ necks, and not too itchy or bothersome.

Now go make a bunch more to match every outfit of every day! Well, that’s what I did anyway.

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Don’t forget to make a wooden necklace display for all of your pretty new necklaces!

2 comments:

  1. Very cute ! We should get together and make some. I think Addy would love one :)

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